IBS Awareness Month (April 2021)

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Apr 3, 01:32 PM in and . No comments.

Since it’s IBS awareness month, we will include a few IBS related articles over the next few weeks. Today , the basics – what is IBS , the causes and triggers.

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the digestive system and affects 1 in 20 people in the UK. The symptoms of IBS include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, urgency, diarrhoea, constipation or a mixture of both. About one third of those with IBS suffer from constipation, one third suffer with diarrhoea and most other people don’t fall into a single pattern.

What causes IBS?

We tend to talk about the triggers of IBS as the causes are not exactly known.
The causes of IBS could, however, be – hypersensitivity of the intestines (or the “gut”), problems with digestion (too fast or too slow), a “gut-brain” communication problem, dysbiosis (altered gut bacteria), immune system problems or genetics.

What could trigger IBS symptoms?

There are a number of different triggers for IBS and these vary between sufferers. Some foods or eating patterns can trigger symptoms. Stress can also trigger symptoms.

Common food triggers include:

Fatty Foods
Spicy Foods
Resistant starch (starch that isn’t fully broken down in the small intestine)

Stress triggers:

Stress, anxiety and depression are well known triggers of IBS symptoms. There’s a complex connection between the brain and the digestive system which is why our mood affects the gut.

Identifying and managing triggers is a crucial part of symptom management in IBS. We offer a 3 visit package for IBS sufferers and help to identify IBS triggers and reduce symptoms.

For more details email annewrightdietitian@gmail.com or call 07597900041

Tags: Alcohol, Bloating, Caffeine, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Fatty Food, Fodmaps, Ibs, Spicy Food, Stress

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.

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